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  1. 2 points
    Cheers Fraser long live the forum lol
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    The new season is underway and Wyatt started back to training last week. Started off with a conditioning and agility session at the local community college. Wyatt was pretty excited to see his team mates again. Unfortunately his coach had to head back to England for a emergency so they are training with various coaches until he returns. Second session of the week they trained with the U16-19 coach. Started with some passing drills, then scrimaged for the rest of the session. Finally practice was conditioning with the club trainer. Became very evident which boys stayed on top of their summer training schedules and which didn't as they drug themselves off the field. Club keeper training started Thursday as well, so Wyatt went from conditioning to keeper training. The keeper training focused on cutting angles, protecting the near post, and dealing with sight line interference from opposing players. Despite soming right from conidtiioing, Wyatt did really well at the keeper training, with the coach commenting on the fact that he showed improvement since the end of the last season, which he liked. Wyatt enjoyed it as well since this year he has moved to the oldest group for keeper training. Wyatt's club trainer returned as well for the beginning of the season, so Wyatt did foot skills and agility training. He also did two private keeper sessions focusing on saving long shots, high shots, and distributions and punting. Wyatt commented that with getting back to his training schedule, he was extremely happy and looking for to the season starting next month. Wyatt tried some new gloves as well while he was at camp and into the start of this season. We picked him up a pair of Addidas Predator Pros for him to take to camp, and then sent him a second pair when he tore the frist pair out at camp. He started a pre-season warmup keeper camp yesterday and called it quites for them. He likes the light weight backs in the heat and said the foam was relly nice and sticky for the first few uses, but after about 3 sessions they lost their grip, and then after about 6 or 7 sessions on steady work they have several areas where the latex is gone done to the base mesh layer on the main contact surfaces and he had trouble before that with keeping the ball even when he made a good catch. Came to a head yesterday at keeper camp, when he sent me home at their lunch brak to get his pair of gk-pros to wear and then last night asked him mom to order him some more of the Elites he has been using for the lat couple of years. He likes the gk-pros, but says the straps are too short so he can't keep them tight on his wrists and constantly is fidgeting with them between saves or runs in training. Wyatt also has gotten a better look at the teams new second keeper, His comments so far are that he is pretty good with making sliding saves with his feet, but seems really reluctant to use his hands. He also said the kid has a attitude problem. Apparenlty doesn't like to practice or do training. Starts every team practice showing up late or as close to start time as possible, complaining that he doesn't want to be there. He aslo skipped the first keeper training session, which are mandatory for all club keepers. The keeper coach wasn't to happy and asked Wyatt to remind the new keeper that attendance is required and absences affect playing time. It's really funny in an odd way, because during tryouts Wyatt asked him why he wanted to change clubs and play in the DA and the kid told Wyatt because he wanted to try playing at a higher level to push himself. So we will see if his attitude changes as the season moves along.
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    It all sounds way too rigid to me. Like the coach wants his team to play this way every time they have possession of the ball. It is actually very American in mentality, and reminds me almost of a play book type scenario seen in the NFL or NBA. It almost goes completely against how football (soccer) is played. I think the coach is in the wrong sport. Lol.
  4. 1 point
    Keep meaning to try the new range.
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    Sometimes I have a similar issue. This past weekend, my kicking out of my hands was awful compared to my usual standard, I lumped the ball straight down the middle for their centre halves to gobble up. This happened three times in the first half but didn't happen at all in the second. With age, I've been able to reflect and learn and minimise the amount of times that it happens as its pretty much a mental thing for me. When I think negatively or try to overthink any action then I tend to mess it up. Take two deep breaths before any kick, slow down your action and relax the whole process. with time and practice it will become second nature and you'll be able to perform the kick without thinking.
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    I messaged the dad via Facebook but he's not replied
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    I sent him the links to look at. He seems dead set on going back to his Elites. His OCD drives his decision making sometimes when it comes to trying new stuff, which was why it was so surprising he hopped on the Addidas train for even a short ride. Thanks
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    He tried Westcoast a few years back, but didn't like the way the cut and shape of the fingers were. There quality was really good and he did like the ones with the palm latex that went over the wrist strap, but his OCD kept him fidgeting with them the whole time so we had to change. Several of the keepers we know and that he trains with have started to use them now though, so someone local must have "rediscovered" them. Currently he wants to go back to his Elites, he likes them alot, they are pretty durable and he likes the cut and fit. His mom has been working with him on understanding that its better to stick with things you know work and avoid flitting back and forth between all the cool new stuff the other boys are getting. Especially with his OCD, since anything new or differient in his kit can become a distraction under stress.
  10. 1 point
    what is the formula for aluminum carbonate Kit for the season.
  11. 1 point
    I have Supergrip for Dry and Aquagrip for when it's wet. ;-) I have enjoyed using the Absoluts though. I can't remember the last time I used a pair of gloves so much that the latex actually starts flaking off. Usually I end up changing gloves after a couple of uses. Actually saying that, probably my 2009 and 2014 Nike VG3s I used that much.
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    Decided to return to 11 a side after 2.5 years out. Had a couple of offers bit decided to join Erskine Rovers in the Leatherhead and District league rather than return to Rosehill Athletic who I have played for in two previous spells. Pretty happy with my decision, the team seem like a great bunch and decent standard too. Only had a couple of training sessions so far but the manager seems impressed with what I have to offer and that's in spite of struggling with a wrist injury for the best part of 6 weeks now. Can save shots but it hurts when trying to get back off the floor. Of course I have got yet another kit to use when the season starts, the rather natty Green one a lot of teams wore at the World Cup, as well as the new Red Adidas one. Got a pair of the Uhlsport AeroRed Supergrips in the Finger Surround cut as my main match gloves but been using the Uhlsport Tensiongreen HN Absolutgrips for training, which I had been using in 5 a side at Goals. Got to say I am impressed with them. I know the Absolutgrip is a top end but I guess they are kind of a take down model but still excellent. Boots wise I picked up a couple of pairs of the Cold Blooded Adidas Predator 18.1s in the sale so I'm all ready and raring to go.
  13. 1 point
    Looking to bounce back after my midtable finish last year.
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    https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/sport/football/transfer-news/real-madrid-transfer-de-gea-14777532.amp De Gea being linked to Madrid for €100 million 😳
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    Always forget how hot and humid it is South Texas this time of the year. It made Wyatt's double header weekend a real chore for him and the team as they played the Houston Texans twice. Heat was bad enough, but there was also a girls ECNL showcase going on, so the boys got pushed back into a corner field that appears to have been used mostly for storage of goals and practice. Featured a larde sand pit/area right in the middle of one half, and the groudn was bone dry adn dusty making it hard to get traction at times. Game 1 the reserve got the start. Wyatt got him warmed up and ready to go. He came out pretty strong and made two really good saves and handled a backpass fairly nice, but then after botching a save and almost missing the follow-up save he turtled up and lost confidence and started playing very close to his line. At that point the defense dropped back and after scoring an early goal, starting playing super protective which limited his option for dealing with plays and resulted in lots of corners and free-kicks. A corner off a bad clearance by the right back so them score on a header that the keeper didn't come out and challenge, to make it 1-1, but the team scored right before the half to make it 2-1. Wyatt came in the second half and was a little slow coming up to speed after enjoying the sauna like sideline conditions. He got on track though and got the boys pushing forward and the defense playing higher. That opened him up more to sweep a few balls as well as handle some back passes. The heat though took its toll and as things went on he had more work to do. After handling some through balls into the box and a couple of 1v1s (one with a foot save and smothering the other), he had came out on another ball getting big and freaked out the shooter so he over touched the ball right out of bounds for a goalkick. The other team changed tactics and tried getting long shots in high, but Wyatt handled those pretty easiely. Their best chance came off a turnover right at the corner of the 18 to Wyatt's left. He reacted just quicke enough to get a finger or two on it and deflcted it into the right hand post and then back into the scrum in front of him. Then got his fingers to the followup shot as he was recovering from the ground to push it up into the cross bar and out to be cleared by the center back. The boys rallied back after that and got things moving again to see out the game to a 4-1 finish. Wyatt's coach commented on his slow start, but said he got his act together and did a good job overall. Liked his distributions and communication during the game. Game 2 was the next day and moved back to their regular field,which had better shade for the boys and the parent's on the sidelines. The reffing crew did the game before with the 05 teams and it got way out of hand, so we were expecting it to be pretty rough, but a new center ref showed up and he seemed to calm things down some during the game which was good with both teams tired and hot. Wyatt got the start and was much more awake and ready to go then the day before. The other team though had rested up and saved some starters for the second game, so they immediately took control of things nad got an early goal off a sloppy play between his defensive mid and centerback. They tracked back with a player trying to shepard a ball from too far out, then gave a weak touch to Wyatt that left him in no man's land aways from the ball. The forward for the other team saw the bad touch and cut between then to take a quick 1v1 agains Wyatt to make it 0-1. Wyatt lit into the defense and got them organized and pressuring better. He came up with a few good saves, as well as a several nce distributions from back passes that opened the field up and started some counters to make it 2-1 by the half. Par for the course he got about half of the second half in, but conceded when an unmarked player on his back post touched in a low shot he defelcted right in front of a ball watching left back. Coach got onto the defender since he had been making that type of error all game and replaced him. Wyatt had a couple more saves, and one almost howler. He came out to collect a corner kick and got his hands all wrong deflectign the ball into his face and then out of the box to his defense to clear. Looked very akward and painful, but he he stayed in until the usual 20 minutes to end sub of the reserve keeper with the score 4-2. The other teams coach figured the switch was an oppurtunity for them to make up some goals and had his team go all out on counters and long balls. The reserve keeper had his hands full, and was doing good until he bobbled a goal kick. At that point he turtled up again and got beat by a another set piece goal to make it 4-3. He didn't come out of it, but the defense and mids shored things up and got them through to the end for the win. WEek in review wise, the schedule was a mix of team and Open Tryout practices. Tuesday they had a team practice combined with the 05 DA team that was run by the older DA players who receive scholarships. Each of the boys had to plan out and run a portion of the practice, focusing on skills or tactics. One of the players was a keeper, so he ran a couple of save then distribute drills as well as working on dead ball kicks. They followed it up with some striking and finishing 3vs the keeper drills which are always a beating. The drill called for the keepers to hold their line, so was a real shelling for them at times. Wyatt and one of the defenders stuck around for the open tryout practice to get some more touches. They pretty much scrimmaged with Wyatt in one goal with a keeper backing him up that they are looking at for one of the lower teams, and all the other keepers rotating through the other goal. No new keepers showed up so I just kicked back and watch Wyatt frustrate a lot of field players trying to make a good impression on the selection coaches. He then stayed and worked a goal until a second keeper showed up for the 02 open tryout. He only had one save to make, but did a lot of sweeping and back passssing. Team practiced again on Wednesday, but his mom took him and then had to hustle over to his sister's softball game. A dad we re friends with on the team though said it was a standard practice with some skills, then shooting drills and scrimmaging at the end. Had a few players of interest show up including the tall keeper from FCD that the coach seemed to take a liking to last week. He apparently didn't fair to well in the shootign drills. Wyatt said he did move well or react to the shots most the time until they were in the net. The reserve keep hurt his wrist on a save and left early, so Wyatt the FCD keeper each had a net for the practice. Wyatt went with out letting anything in and played such a high line, that the ball barely got over the mid line for most the scrimmage. Other keeper made a couple saves, got beat once, but mostly was taken care of by his defense clearing things out in close for him. Thursday was just an open practice. They only had one field to work with so they split the boys into 5 squads and roated through. Wyatt had a goal to himself again with the little keeper waiting in the wings to give him breaks. Other goal had 5 keepers rotating through it. One new keeper showed up, from a smaller club. He was comfortable with the ball at his feet and seemed to talk well, but never made a save (no real shots on him). He did clear one through ball out, way out to the side and neighboring dog kennels. The coach seemed interested in him enough that he had him work in Wyatt's goal a bit with the starters when Wyatt was taking a break. Have to see if he shows up some more over the next couple of weeks. Didn't see him use his hands at all, but some of the parents know him and say he okay, but basically just a center back that plays keeper. So no game for two weeks, so looks like they will just be doing tryouts and maybe a team practice or two. Wyatt did take advantage of the free night last night to go work with the skills group at the local indoor place. He also is working 3-4 hours each morning for the rest of the week with his keeper trainer.
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    I was pretty damm excited about the release of these gloves... Also the liquid proof layering for water resistance.... That wasn't actually applied to this glove.. Ooooops totally my error, I thought it was on the whole range... Lesson learned do your reading.... Other lesson learned don't do your reading make a mistake and order a glove that's been a workhorse for sooooo long..
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    Below is a link to the video on my YouTube channel. I am by no means an expert, nor do I profess to be. This is just how I take goal kicks and they're fairly consistent and accurate so hopefully you can take something away from this video and use it to help you.
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    Never eat yellow snow Always wipe front to back Broken pencils are pointless
  19. 1 point
    Vortex is another - quality gloves too
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    I wear glasses and daily disposable contacts too. My eyes starting going around the time I started college and it did affect my judgement of the ball. Contacts are a great job once you get used to them.
  21. 1 point
    Ha ha, let the buying commence!
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    Hey Up All, Back on this place again. Like what you have done with the place. Im more on FB now but will visit more often. Fraser Keep up the good work brother. Zaff
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    Back on topic, I was at school and a lot of the others had gotten into football, i was asked to play, i dint have a clue what was going on, they stuck me in goal. i had a bunch of kids running at me, with the front one with the ball. next thing i knew i was looking at the sky........the striker had taken a shot and it had hit me on the head, knocking me over. but i had saved it and everyone was saying well done.......i was hooked from there inwards.
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    I agree he was past his prime, and at times he should of held stuff better but back then you also had the luxury of a back pass. But I think he had a good tournament(looked his age on the West Germany free kick and made a mistake against italy) That said, he was 40 playing in a world cup and got to the semi final. I thought Zenga was the best keeper of the tournament, and I would put Shilton second.
  25. 1 point
    This is the colour they are.
  26. 1 point
    Stand down guys... Had a right touch! I got doubled booked at work so took a trip to the Adidas store on Oxford Street. Sitting at the back on a peg... Last pair in this Colourway a size 7.
  27. 1 point
    I agree on Hart, but I think Buerki will hold the job or at least play some games
  28. 1 point
    I don't think the way he is going Roman Bürki will be Switzerland's number 1 either. He has been dreadful this season!
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    I like this one from Rogerio Ceni. Bloke scored about 130 career goals. There are strikers who haven’t even scored that many! 😄
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    Also the fact he has played for Spain before you'd think he might fancy a pop at least of being in the squad. Although I think De Gea, Reina and Kepa is looking pretty settled as their three now.
  32. 1 point
    This is a size 7. The smallest they do. Although if you are an 8 or bigger I do highly suggest dropping a full size.
  33. 1 point
    The point being is that he's more than happy to sit on the bench at Madrid (weird I know!) than move to England and play.
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    Going to say it... On current form Bernd Leno should be the German number one. I have never thought Ter Stegen is as good as they seem to make him out to be. Remains to be seen how Neuer will recover from his injury at the moment.
  35. 1 point
    I love Iker Casillas. Been a fan of his since he broke through at Real Madrid in 1999. But he is well past it now.
  36. 1 point
    Fraser will you be reviewing the new McG gloves anytime? I am intrigued to find out how the new Cyclone latex holds up.
  37. 1 point
    As Fraser says, need to try put the mistakes out of your mind. And work on them at training. My dad always told me concentration was key and some of the mistakes could be down to concentration. He used to tell me to commentate to myself throught the game. Especially when the balls in the other half. It certainly keeps your mind in the game.
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    I played a charity game at Ibrox. Team of my boyhood heroes so has to be that for me.
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    I used to play RM when i was younger. My dad was always a keeper and used to coach at our team. One week the keeper got sent off and gave away a penalty. I was volounteered to go in goals. Saved the pen and the rest is history.
  40. 1 point
    I Pre washed mine in the machine and havent had any issues.
  41. 1 point
    wear volley ball knee pads over your goalkeeping pads. I had a pair of goalkeeping pants with padding in them but I still had to wear kneepads over them since the padding from the pants doesnt protect your knees too well
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    I used to be a striker but I was very bad. When my team started futsal I wasn't skillful. I lacked technique and I always lost the ball. Since I was a bad striker I decided to go in goal instead. Surprising, I was actually good so I just decided to be a goalkeeper instead.
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    Well so much for the first half of the season, I will go back and repost his videos from early just to add to the thread. Wyatt had about a week off from training for the holidays and then hit it hard after the New Years and it has been very eventful. He continued playing up with the U14/03 developmental academy team thought the end of January. He replaced the starting keeper at the US Soccer DA Showcase in Houston and came away with the best record of the 4 keepers from his club that went. He also was scouted while he was there for the national team training pool (a regional training pool that is used to track players of interest in the younger age groups 04 - 02). He got pretty good reviews and made the cut to get an invite to the regional training center next month if everything goes to plan. At the showcase he did really well walking away with a record of 2 wins and a tie. The tie was almost a win, but a last minute penalty kick for accumulated fouls cost them the win. He made the initial save, but got beat to the revbound. Weekend after that we started back into the regular outdoor game schedule. He's had three games since then. First game he played the Texas Rush in the Woodlands down Houston way. Wyatt and I got there in time to watch the 02 DA and 03 DA play. Wyatt had fun being there to support his 03 teammates and got a little bonus as the Rush 03 players realized he was an 04 who they had a hard time beating at the Futsal showcase the weekend before. We were running a little light on players as the boys broke into their regular squads for the games. Wyatt's squad was missing two of its key defenders and one of the forwards. As usual Wyatt played closer while the third keeper got a less then stellar start. First half of the game saw the third keeper having to only touch the ball twice, bobbling it both times with one resulting in a goal. The boys were up 1-0 at that point so wyatt came in at the half to a 1-1 game. Smelling a chance for a win Rush picked things up a bit a gave Wyatt some work to do. He started with a early classic vertical jump to collect a chip shot, then a basket catch on another shot. Wyatt started taking charge of the defense and mids and the direct shots stopped but he had to deal with lots of corners and crosses. His last real save was a goal line foot save on a point blank ball to hold the 2-1 lead the team had generated. So good return to outdoor and a solid performance with lots of improvements in some areas his review said he needed to be working on. Added bonus was Wyatt's team was being coached by the coach who will be running the team next year. Wyatt made a good first impression and the coach had lots of good feedback and kudos for Wyatt. Second game drove down to Houston to play Texans SC for the second time this season (2 more to go). First team won 4-0 after a shakey start. The coach had some things he has been working on, and the players weren't doing them in the game so he spent a lot of time reminding them about it during the match. Wyatt was with the second squad playing his usual closer spot, or atleast it started that way. About half way through the first half the third keeper got pulled because he wasn't building out of the back annd made a couple sub optimal choices on distributions. Wyatt went in and got his sweeper on very well. He didn't have to make to many saves (like 1 or 2 total), but he was a dstribution and back pass machine. He handled the ball at his feet well under pressure and was switching between throws, rolls, and kicks nicely which made it hard for the other team to figure out how to cover the back of his line when he had the ball. Second half the coach put the third keeper again after having him watch Wyatt to see if he learned his lesson. After about another 15 minutes he was done and Wyatt closed out the game. Was the same as the first half. Highlight of the game for Wyatt was getting a clear assist on a goal. He started with a goal kick which he passed to the right back. The other team compressed in and the back passed it back to wyatt and the other team split to shut down the left side while pinning in the right, but left the center open. Wyatt popped the ball forward to out striker who ran onto it and a couple touches lately found the back of the net. Final was 3-0, but the team had about 3 times as many looks that almost were converted. So overall a very good game for him of keeping for the skills he has been working on a lot recently. Game three this last weekend saw more sweeper keeping again. Wyatt had one of two real saves to make, but spent a lot of time scooping up rollers and throught balls, or sweeping balls under pressure. Low point of the match was a bad PK call that resulted in the other team going up 0-1. Even the other coach admitted that it was a bad call and his player took a bit of a dive after the game to Wyatt. Not that he offered to give the goal back. Wyatt made a good try for it, but seemed to second guess himself after the intial move and missed it. He didn't let it get to him though and just pressed harder for the rest of the half to make sure nothing else got through. He turned it over at the hald to the third keeper who had very little to do as the defenders made extra sure he didn't have much chances to touch the ball. The team leveled it up 1-1 off a free kick and had three other nice chances off bad fumbles by the opposing keeper but just couldn't find the net even with a PK that was skied really bad. After the game Wyatt had a brief lunch break then was back at it training with the club trainer for 90 minutes, followed up by 30 minutes of PK work at Wyatt's request so he could work through the one he missed. His training partner lately has been a 03 from brazil who is looking to move to town and play with Wytt's club. They have been training together for about a month. Wyatt is learning portugese while his friend learns english and they communicate in very bad spanish. Outside of the games, Wyatt has been keeping up his regular schdule of team, club, and keeper training but also added in some freeplay indoor pickup games at his coach and trainers request to get his confidence with the ball at his feet out of the goal. He really looks forward to the Friday free play sessions and has gotten to be quite he play maker and goal scorer. In the last three sessions he had been responsible for about 75% of the goals for his squad in the pickup games. He also likes trying out all the highlight reel shots with the best being a really nice side volly taken off a cross into the box. He was about 5 feet in the air sideways when he drove it into the net.
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    I don't even remember, I was too young. My dad always tells me that when he first started taking me down the park to play aged 4 or 5, I always insisted on going in goal and had no interest in shooting, so I guess it's just the way I've always been inclined!
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    I'd say it was around the time Ireland qualified for the Euros in 1988 and watching Packie Bonner thwart the english and get man of the match. Started going in goals during football at PE in school and realised i was quite good at it. Bruce Grobbelaar and Neville Southall were other heroes around that time, also Tim Dalton of the great Derry City team which won the treble in 1988/89.
  46. 1 point
    Was always comfortable between the sticks. On the school ground I always volunteered to go in goal. After age 12, that was it, in the net permanently.
  47. 1 point
    Used to be a defender and had very good players getting more game time. Put the gloves on and loved it!
  48. 1 point
    Purely and simply, not being a good enough "footballer". Technically it's there, as I can read the game & know what I'm doing during play as a GK, just fitness I think which is a major downfall to take it to the next level. I wasn't getting into my first team at local level, (in Preston). So, donn'ed the foam catchers in a indoor 7 a side 4G pitch at the time, and took it from there. Sure they didn't score all training. 5"11 and 14st 8lb doesn't bode well. Anyhow, currently 3 points off the league leaders (6 games left for Sundays) & playing in a Cup final in 3 weeks time (retaining our cup we won last season). Got to be doing something right eh!!
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    I can honestly say that at the age of 29 I am only just aquiring the mental state required to deal with the many aspects of keeping. ...however if say after 80 mins of a match have elapsed and I feel that I have given a good peerformance or I've kept a clean sheet, I find myself willing on the referee to hurry up and blow the full time whistle. I get edgy as I know I'm within touching distance of a desirable perfomance and that I've survived the game with my rep intact. ...Maybe at the age of 29 I haven't quite conquered the mentality required for keeping!
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